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Tracking NFC South Free Agency Activity

NFL free agency is in its second full week. The process opened on March 9 and has led to several changes in and out of the NFC South, affecting four teams that will be on the Vikings schedule in 2017.

The Vikings are slated to host New Orleans and Tampa Bay and visit Atlanta and Carolina (dates and times will be announced later). 

In addition to the free agency tracker that has been keeping tabs on Vikings moves, here's a look at what's happened so far with the Falcons, Panthers, Saints and Buccaneers.

Players who were ranked in's Top 101 free agents list have the corresponding ranking after their name. Players who were not ranked in the list have "UR" for unranked.

Atlanta Falcons


S Kemal Ishmael | UR

Ishmael has five interceptions in 49 games (19 starts). He recorded four of those picks in 2014.

ILB LaRoy Reynolds | UR

Reynolds started three games and had 23 tackles for the Falcons in his first season in Atlanta. He's also played 30 games for the Jaguars and 13 with the Bears.

QB Matt Schaub | UR

Schaub is in line for his second season of his second stint with the Falcons again as a backup. He's attempted 93 passes, completing 68, in the past three seasons combined but has 146 games (92 starts) under his belt.

TE Levine Toilolo | UR

Toilolo has 62 receptions, 601 yards and six scores in 64 games (45 starts).

OLB Courtney Upshaw | UR

The former second-round pick by Baltimore, Upshaw started five of the 13 games he played for Atlanta in 2016. He started 51 of the 64 games he played for the Ravens and has 5.5 career sacks.

DB Blidi Wreh-Wilson | UR

Wreh-Wilson started 14 of 34 games in three seasons with Tennessee before landing in Atlanta last season.

Arrivals (former team):

FB Derrick Coleman (SEA) | UR

Coleman caught all 11 passes thrown his way in four seasons with the Seahawks for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 35 yards.

G Hugh Thornton (IND) | UR

Thornton started 32 of 37 games for the Colts from 2013 when he was drafted in the third round to 2015. He did not play in 2016.

FB Soma Vainuku (HOU) | UR

Vainuku did not play in 2016 after joining the Texans as an undrafted rookie.

NT Dontari Poe (KC) | No. 10

Poe, the 11th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, has started 76 of 78 games played for the Chiefs. He has 13 sacks, 12 passes defended and plugs the middle.

WR Andre Roberts (DET) | UR

Roberts caught 14 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown in his only season in Detroit. He also averaged 12.3 yards per punt return (246 yards on 20 returns) and scored two touchdowns. Roberts added 747 yards on 33 kickoff returns (22.6). He has started 40 of 103 games played since 2010.

Departures (new team):

G Tom Compton (CHI) | UR

The native of Rosemount, Minnesota, appeared in all 16 games in his lone season with the Falcons after playing in 44 games with Washington to start his career.

FB Patrick DiMarco (BUF) | UR

DiMarco helped clear the way for a potent Falcons rush attack, missing just two games in four seasons. He has 37 receptions on 52 career targets but only one rush attempt.

WR Aldrick Robinson (SF) | UR

Robinson joined the Falcons in 2016 and caught 20 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. He has 50 receptions, 931 yards and seven touchdowns in 54 games with three teams.

WR Eric Weems (TEN) | UR

Weems has returned 121 punts for a total of 1,309 yards (10.8 average) and one touchdown. He's also returned 165 kickoffs for a total of 4,012 yards (24.3 average) and one score.

LB Paul Worrilow (DET) | UR

Worrilow started 43 of 59 games with the Falcons, but just one of the 12 he played in 2016. He has two career interceptions, 4.0 sacks and 10 passes defended. Weems has added 38 receptions on 45 targets for 353 yards and four scores since 2008.


DT Jonathan Babineaux | UR

G Chris Chester | UR

Dwight Freeney | No. 60

S Dashon Goldson | UR

TE Jacob Tamme | UR

ILB Sean Weatherspoon | UR

OLB Philip Wheeler | UR



Carolina Panthers


CB Teddy Williams | UR

Williams played in just three games for the Panthers in 2016 after appearing in all 16 the previous season. He nabbed his first career interception last season.

WR Brenton Bersin | UR

Bersin, a Charlotte native, has caught 24 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown on 37 targets in 34 games.

ILB Ben Jacobs | UR

Jacobs appeared in 32 games with the Panthers from 2014-15 but only three last season.

DE Charles Johnson | UR

Johnson has started 103 of 131 games played and recorded 67.5 sacks. He posted 8.5 or more in five straight seasons (2010-14) but has had 5.0 the past two seasons.

DL Kyle Love | UR

Love bounced around early in his career but has played in 25 games for the Panthers in the past two seasons.

G Chris Scott | UR

Scott has started 12 of the 43 games he's played since joining Carolina in 2013 after stints with Pittsburgh and Buffalo in 2011 and 2012.

DT Kawann Short(Carolina used the franchise tag on Short, who was ranked second among all players on's initial list)

Short started 41 of 64 games since his selection in the second round. He's posted 22 sacks, including 11 in 2015 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

RB Fozzy Whittaker | UR

Whittaker has 142 carries for 597 yards and two touchdowns and 63 receptions for 505 yards and three scores in 55 games (41 with the Panthers).

Arrivals (former team):

QB Garrett Gilbert | UR

Gilbert has spent time with the Rams, Patriots, Lions and Raiders but never taken a snap.

S Mike Adams (IND) | UR

Adams, who turns 36 on March 24, has started 117 of 190 games played, including 44 in the past three seasons with the Colts. He has 25 career interceptions, 77 passes defended and 6.0 sacks.

WR Charles Johnson (MIN) | UR

Johnson totaled 60 catches for 834 yards and two touchdowns in the past three seasons with the Vikings.

T Matt Kalil (MIN) | No. 62

Kalil is joining his brother, Panthers center Ryan Kalil, in Carolina. Matt started all of his first 66 career games before suffering a hip injury in Week 2 of 2016.

CB Captain Munnerlyn (MIN) | No. 85

Munnerlyn is heading back to where his career began in 2009. He has started 80 of 124 career games and taken five of his 11 interceptions back for touchdowns. Munnerlyn also has 50 passes defended and 6.0 sacks in eight seasons.

OLB/DE Julius Peppers (GB) | No. 47

Peppers also is heading "home." The North Carolina native and second overall pick in 2002 spent his first eight seasons with Carolina before spending four with Chicago and three more in Green Bay. He leads active players with 143.5 career sacks and has added 11 interceptions, 50 passes defended and six defensive touchdowns in 234 games (227 starts).

WR Russell Shepard (TB) | UR

Shepard caught 23 of his 30 career receptions in 2016, accounting for 341 of his 432 yards and two of his three touchdowns.

Departures (new team):

DE Kony Ealy |(Ealy was traded to New England while still under contract)

Ealy started 15 of the 47 games he played and totaled 14 sacks in his first three seasons with Carolina.

WR Ted Ginn (NO) | No. 96

The No. 9 pick of the 2007 NFL Draft caught 98 passes for 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns in the past two seasons. He has started 61 of the 151 games he's played and has 309 catches for 4,285 yards and 25 scores.

DB Leonard Johnson (BUF) | UR

Johnson has made 20 starts in 62 games with the Buccaneers (17 of 48), Patriots and Panthers. He posted three picks as an undrafted rookie in 2012.

LB A.J. Klein (NO) | UR

Klein started 23 of 60 games in four seasons. He has four forced fumbles, 4.0 sacks and an interception.

T Mike Remmers (MIN) | No. 77

Remmers started 37 regular-season games and five postseason contests for the Panthers since Nov. 30, 2014 when he made his Carolina debut at Minnesota. He's returning to the Vikings, with whom he spent part of 2013 and the 2014 training camp.

FB Mike Tolbert (BUF) | UR

Tolbert has 630 rushes for 2,402 yards and 33 touchdowns, along with 203 receptions for 1,783 yards and 12 scores in nine seasons.


S Michael Griffin | UR

DT Paul Soliai | UR

C Ryan Wendell | UR



New Orleans Saints


CB Sterling Moore | UR

Moore started 12 of 13 games played in his first season with the Saints. He recorded two of his six career interceptions and 13 of his 41 passes defended.

RB Travaris Cadet | UR

Cadet posted a career-high 40 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He's totaled 102 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns, along with 84 rush yards on 26 carries in 63 games.

DT Nick Fairley | No. 30

The 13th overall pick by Detroit in 2011, Fairley recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2016, his first season with the Saints. It also was the first time he started and played in all 16 games.

S Shiloh Keo | UR

Keo made all 11 of his career starts in 2013 with Houston. He's totaled three interceptions and eight passes defended in 56 games.

FB John Kuhn | UR

Kuhn rushed 18 times for 37 yards and four touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 70 yards with a score in his first season in New Orleans. He's only missed five games since 2007.

Arrivals (former team):

LB Manti Te'o (SD) | UR

The former second-round pick started 34 of 38 games for the Chargers, recording two interceptions and nine pass breakups. He missed all but three games in 2016.

WR Ted Ginn (CAR) | No. 96

The No. 9 pick of the 2007 NFL Draft caught 98 passes for 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns in the past two seasons. He has started 61 of the 151 games he's played and has 309 catches for 4,285 yards and 25 scores.

LB A.J. Klein (CAR) | UR

Klein started 23 of 60 games in four seasons. He has four forced fumbles, 4.0 sacks and an interception.

LB Alex Okafor (AZ) | UR

Okafor started 25 of 42 games with the Cardinals, recording 8.0 of his 13.5 sacks in 2014.

G Larry Warford (DET) | No. 21

Warford started all 57 games he played in four seasons with the Lions.

Departures (new team):

G Tim Lelito

Lelito started 24 of 63 games for the Saints.

WR Brandin Cooks | (NE)

The 20th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft caught 215 passes for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in starting 32 of the 42 games he's played for the Saints.


ILB Sam Barrington | UR

S Jairus Byrd | No. 98

LS Justin Drescher | UR

G Jahri Evans | UR

S Roman Harper | UR

RB Tim Hightower | UR

T Tony Hills | UR

OLB Paul Kruger | UR

OLB Michael Mauti | UR

TE John Phillips | UR

S Jamarca Sanford | UR

DE Darryl Tapp | UR

ILB Jason Trusnik | UR

CB Kyle Wilson | UR



Tampa Bay Buccaneers


S Chris Conte | UR

Conte has started 24 of the 28 games he's played since joining the Buccaneers after spending his first four seasons with the Bears. He has 13 career interceptions and 32 passes defended in six seasons.

DE William Gholston | UR

Gholston has recorded 10.5 sacks in starting 36 of 57 games played since his selection in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

C Joe Hawley | UR

Hawley started 29 of the 30 games he played in the past two seasons with the Bucs. He also started 23 of 57 in Atlanta (2010-14).

CB Josh Robinson | UR

The former Viking played primarily on special teams, doing well as a gunner. He appeared in all 16 games of his first season in Tampa Bay.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers | UR

Rodgers rushed 129 times for 560 yards and two touchdowns and added 13 receptions for 98 yards in his first season with Tampa Bay (five starts in 10 games). He has totaled 1,717 yards and seven touchdowns on 448 career carries.

DT Sealver Siliga | UR

Siliga has 6.5 sacks in 36 career games. He's spent time with the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Buccaneers.

Arrivals (former team):

DE Chris Baker (WAS) | No. 26

Baker has recorded 12.5 sacks. He started 42 of the 76 games he played in Washington.

K Nick Folk (NYJ) | UR

Folk has made 239 of 294 field goal attempts (81.3 percent) and 335 of 337 extra points (99.4 percent) in 10 seasons (three with Dallas, seven with the New York Jets).

WR DeSean Jackson (WAS) | No. 12

Jackson's vertical threat is heading south. He has 498 career receptions for 8,819 yards (17.7 average) and 46 touchdowns. He has thrice led the NFL in yards per reception (22.5 in 2010, 20.9 in 2014 and 17.9 in 2016) and three Pro Bowls to his credit.

LS Garrison Sanborn (BUF) | UR

Sanborn hasn't missed a game in eight seasons but also has never started one.

S J.J. Wilcox (DAL) | UR

Wilcox recorded five interceptions in starting 38 of 58 games with Dallas.

Departures (new team):

S Bradley McDougald | No. 63

McDougald started 36 of 50 games, recorded five interceptions and 21 passes defended since joining the Buccaneers in 2013.

T Gosder Cherilus | Retired

Cherilus started 16 of 27 games in two seasons with Tampa Bay. He totaled 116 starts and 131 games in nine seasons with Detroit, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay.

Mike Glennon (CHI) | No. 36

Glennon went 5-13 as a starter from 2013-14 for the Bucs. He's appeared in two games since. In 21 total outings, he has completed 374 of 630 passes (59.4 percent) for 4,100 yards with 30 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

WR Russell Shepard (CAR) | UR

Shepard caught 23 of his 30 career receptions in 2016, accounting for 341 of his 432 yards and two of his three touchdowns. He was targeted 57 times in 57 games.

DT Akeem Spence (DET) | UR

Spence started 30 of 56 games he played for the Buccaneers and totaled 5.5 sacks.


DE John Hughes

WR Vincent Jackson

TE Brandon Myers

WR Cecil Shorts III

RB Antone Smith

ILB Daryl Smith

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